By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Werner Kalin
IBF #1 Sam Soliman will clash with WBO #8 Les Sherrington on Thursday but talked with Fightnews.com to say he was not impressed by Felix Sturm’s win over Darren Barker on Saturday and that he cannot wait to get the German back in the ring again so he can punish more than he did in their first fight. “I am the happiest man alive to see that Felix Sturm beat a boxer of Darren Barker’s calibre who had defeated Daniel Geale for the IBF middleweight championship and also gave Sergio Martinez problems.” said Soliman.
“I absolutely flogged Sturm when we boxed. He had me down which was a flash knockdown but I got up to punish him until the last bell. For Sturm to stop Barker in two rounds makes my victory over the German so much sweeter. Sturm was a walk in the park for me. After the fight Sturm’s face was a mess and I did not have mark on me. I have been waiting over 18 months rated IBF #1 contender and soon Sturm will have to fight me again and cop a second beating. I know he will do his best to avoid fighting me but under IBF Rules he will have no other options.
“I am fighting world rated middleweight Les Sherrington on Thursday,” Soliman said. “Sherrington is younger than me and bigger at six foot tall but I am confident I’ll stop him. Normally I don’t make predictions but against Sherrington I will when I say the end will come in round nine when the referee will save a Les from further punishment.
“I want to thank my trainer Dave Hedgecock who has trained me for 22 years since I first started in boxing and my manager Dave Stanley who has done a great job for me.”